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COMING Uin 2018                   

October:
The Languages of London 
Je suis un Londonien.     আমিএকজনলন্ডনলোক                                                                                           
Я лондонець       نا لندوني      Ben bir Londra kişiyim   
  나는 런던 출신이다      Abu m Londoner        我是伦敦人 
  Soy londinense    我是伦敦人 Mo wa Londoner kan
     Jestem londynczykiem         Tá mé ó Londain  
London is a diverse and global city, which is home to the speakers of over 300 languages. These languages all help to tell the story of London's people, who we are and where we come from.
And so this month I will be working in schools in the riverine East End, where through story we will be looking at how we and families our ancestors speak, culminating in the Museum of London Languages of  London festival.  see November below
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Storie in Tasca - Festival Internazionale di Narrazione














The Goat, the Dove and the Wandering Jew
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Centuries of Story and Song have kept a people together
Secoli di storie e canzoni hanno tenuto insieme un popolo Ma di che parliamo? Delle storie umoristiche degli Shlemiels e degli Shlemozzel dello Shtetl dell’Europa dell’Est? I Kabayeros e i Kantigas di Sarajevo e Salonicco? Oppure dei Romanceros vagabondi dell’Ebraismo mediterraneo e orientale?
O storie dal lato oscure di Talmud dove ci sono demoni regine, fantasmi maliziosi o ospiti non invitati nel letto di infanzia. . ? Prendiamo un assaggio di queste comunità molto diverse, ma in qualche modo connesse, di un popolo antico attraverso le storie che 
sono sopravvissute nei secoli.
Let's get a taste of these very different, but somehow connected communities of an ancient people through the stories that have survived the centuries.
12-13-14 October

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October & November: 
Victoria & Albert Museum, London








Stories for the whole family Sat,27th October, Sat 17th & 24th November @ 11.0, 13.00 &15.00
V&A, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL

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STORIES at THE LANGUAGES FESTIVAL
‘London is a diverse and exciting city, home to the speakers of over 300 different languages. Languages help to tell the story of people, who we are and where we
languages of the past and try your hand at British Sign Language. Plus communicate in unexpected ways through song, spoken word, emojis and more . . .'
Museum of London, Docklands
on Sat. 3rd; Sun. 4th November 2018.
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& what's  already  happened this year...






                     




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January
THE PONGO'S DREAM
told by SeTownsend, 
Hosted by Coventry Storytelling
at the Big Comfy Bookshop, 
Wed 17th January, from7.00 pm
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THE PONGO'S DREAM  or . . .
 at The Brewhouse, Burton on Trent






















- from deserts, and mountains; from vast plains, and from islands at the end of the earth. These are the stories of the people who disappeared from the land, the secret stories of those who survived, and of those now inhabiting all corners of this remarkable world.
Storytelling Nights for Grown Ups 
24th Jan at The Brewhouse, Burton on Trent
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March:
("Storytelling and Refugees”) in Greece

Sat & Sunday, 3rd &4th March 2018 in Athens,Greece www.e-mythos.eu Greece
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THE PONGO'S DREAM 




From recent research in Chile and Argentina Sef brings tales from that 'other', often overlooked, América. . . 
With the captivating rhythms of Tango, Cueca and Chacarera from Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade on button accordion.
Wed 7th March, 7.30 Tales in the Courtyard, Lichfield
. . . And also at 
"Stories Around the Fire" IRISH CULTURAL CENTRE
on Friday, 24th March, 8.00 pm
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April:
MUSLIM NEWS AWARDS












Telling an opening story (with Khaled Hakim on Daf frame drum and Erdal Ünsalan on Saz) at this Gala Dinner for Excellent Service from Muslims to British Society
Mon 23rd April, Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London

May:
THE PONGO'S DREAM 






SURREY STORYTELLERS, Ewell KT17 2AS
Friday 25th

AND . . .
Proud to be launching a new spoken word event:
StoryVibes
Tues 29th, Kitchen Garden, Birmingham B14 7SA 

June:
Finished writing
LONDON FOLK TALES for CHILDREN   (History Press)

by Anne Johnson and Sef Townsend with illustrations by Belinda Evans, and which will be published during National Storytelling Week in January 2019.
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July: 
Boishakhi Mela
UK based Bangladeshi Culture Festival
Family Storytelling with  Shamim Azad & Paul Burgess

Sat,1st July, 1:00-6:00pm
Bethnal green, Derbyshire St, London E2 6HJ
  

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August:
Victoria Park Day - A Great Day Out


. . .  with Bangladeshi storyteller-poet  Shamim Azad & homegrown multi discipline performer Paul Burgess
Tales, Songs and join-in games from all traditions for all the family
Located around the Bandstand, Area C, Victoria Park,
Sat,4th , 11:00-5:00pm
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FAMILY FUN EVENT
Using stories, songs and games to bring together families from different backgrounds (settled and refugee) and to get people meeting each other.
Wed 8th, 2 - 5pm Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church, Birmingham 0121 582 0767

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September:
An afternoon of activities at the Woods in its 
75th Anniversary Year
Storytelling 
in the woods in
Oxford's hidden
natural treasure.
along with . . .

canopy walkway, get up close to bats, enjoy tractor rides, , and much much more!
Saturday 8th September 2pm-5pm 

The Hair In The Milk told by Sef Townsend







Stories from the darker side of Talmud 
and ancient Jewish folklore - The demon queen, the malicious ghost the uninvited visitor at the maternity bed...
Wed 12th Sept, 7.30 The White Lion, 24 Middle St, Beeston  NG9 1FX

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and Looking Forward to 2019 ...
LONDON FOLK TALES for CHILDREN
(History Press)
by Anne Johnson and Sef Townsend with illustrations by Belinda Evans, and which will be published during National Storytelling Week in January 2019. 

                                             
                 
A Trip to Northern Ireland . . .


And  a  storytelling  & workshop  tour  ofColombia  and  Ecuador in November of  2019.
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And looking back in 2017
January
Winter term January to March
Continuing with Everyday Magic's 3-year storytelling programme: "We Are Londoners" in London schools. Through story, song and rhyme we are aiming to strengthen children's sense of their own self, their identity and their place in the world



The Hair In The Milk told by Sef Townsend


Stories from the darker side of Talmud and ancient Jewish folklore - The demon queen, the malicious ghost
How do mere mortals cope?
Wed 18th January



Lichfield Storytellers
Tales in the Courtyard is a unique club in Lichfield, open to all adults, bringing the traditional art of storytelling to modern audiences.
Wed 1st February , 7.30   Duke of York, Lichfield

A full day of creative storytellingwith all classes telling stories from across the globe.
  
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March
Continuing throughout March with Everyday Magic's 3-year storytelling programme: "We Are Londoners" in London schools. 



April - May
CHILE and ARGENTINA  7thApril -16thMay





Performance, Workshop & Research Tour 
Storytelling in schools and working with education professionals to build their skills in telling.
(This is in collaboration with Dream On productions, Buenos Aires).
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June:
40 WiNKS,Stepney, London E1


 ...supreme detail in his every expression and movement...
left me open-mouthed and my skin frosty..."





Wed 7th June         www.40winks.org

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Torriano Meeting House. 
99 Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RX

'All Sef's stories are heart-felt and meticulously researched. His performances are at times finely nuanced and at others wild affairs of joyful singing and arm-waving. Love it!"
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August:
Family Storytelling together with Alia Alzougbi 
Sat, 5th August, 11:00-16:00
London E3 5TB


V&A Museum & British Museum

Stories for the whole family at this traditional 
The Rabbit on The Moon and other traditional  stories 
 
                  








Everyday Magic







Continuing our 3 year storytelling programme: 


BLAST! Beautiful Lies and Startling Truths
The Hair In The Milk told by Sef Townsend
Bishops Castle Town Hall, www.bishopscastletownhall.co.uk
Door open at 7.30 for 8.00pm start. Tickets £7.00. 

November
At Rich Mix







Friday,10th November 7.30-9.30 Rich Mix
See East Archive Trailer:
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From the Street of Stories - from the Qissa Khwani






Stories for the whole family 
on the Temple Steps in the South Asia Gallery


Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Family stories and songs of the winter, the flowers that grow, and which are associated with the season of the cold.



January
Ye Old Rose and Crown, 10 Market Square, Stafford
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Birmingham Storytelling Café












THE STRANGER IN THE STORY-YOU OR ME? CONNECTING CULTURES THROUGH STORYTELLING.

"The Goat, the Dove & the Wandering Jew"
 info:rienvm@yahoo.co.uk.
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EVERYDAY MAGIC

SPINE FESTIVAL in Kensington & Bexleyheath
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with thanks to the family Napoli
Action Songs, Chants, Dances & Join-in-Activities 

Sat. 10th September Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Fri. 16th September British Museum, London
October -December:


November:
Story Night at Torriano
Stories from the darker side of Talmud and ancient Jewish folklore - The demon queen, the malicious ghost
the uninvited visitor at the maternity bed...
How do mere mortals cope?
Saturday 24th January 2015, 7:30PM 
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Sat 16th May, Wytham Woods, Oxford


The Andes. This is in collaboration with Dream On 
Adults and children

Nestled alongside the magnificent and magical 
August:

September:
Victoria and Albert Museum
Stories for Chuseok 추석: 한국 가족 대축제

October:
Schools Tour of China













with Dream On productions, Buenos Aires.


Robertsbridge, East Sussx

working with asylum detainees and with settled refugees in and around Oxford.



Oldham Library & Lifelong Learning Centre. www.oldham.gov.uk

           
Sat 30th August


Stowtellers: Walthamstow Storytelling Club




Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road,
London NW11 7SX
Tel: 020 8457 5000

New Malden Korean Community All day storytelling, for schools, families, and adults with theaim of bringing the Korean and non Korean communities together in this unique corner of The Borough of Kingston.



Campsfield immigration
The conference examines the teachings of contempt in each of the three Abrahamic religions, and by doing so, learn how we can combat these. 
 
National Storytelling Week
"Leadership for Peace" (towards peace education in schools) 
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19th - 23rd,September, 2012
40 WiNKS,
Link up project for faith schools
                             

& Disabilty with all classes from Year 1 to Year 6
the Middle Sea, with help from Italo Calvino.
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YMCA  Jerusalem
21st June  at 8.15  


Family Storytelling and related craft workshops Sat 10th,Sun 11th Sept from 12.00 to 5.00pm 
Storytelling activities in Jewish, Sikh, Catholic
young Inner London Secondary Pupils
Glencree/Kippure, County Wicklow, Ireland.
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May 28th-30th 'Continuing the Journey'
Un Kuento de la Mar del Çentro'
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'A Tale of the Middle Sea -
                                        
October: 
17 October at 3pm.     
November:
Hanukkah Stories for the whole family

Events Highlights 2016-2008 
(continued from first column)
 
Palestine/Israel -Follow Up Tour  November  2009
After many successful meetings during 'Healing Words'  and Gate to Humanity Peace Festival, 2009, Sef  worked once again with storytellers and listeners  in several locations in The Holy Land.
Click any picture to see larger version  
Despite having to fend off the army to  get a few minutes together, (see picture background) Palestinians and Israelis share in some fun at a 'listening circle' at one of the few border checkpoints where it is just possible to meet.
picture - Working  with Combatants For Peace, Shufa, Palestine, 17th May 2009
more info: scroll down to 'Healing Words' in link

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 Storysharing with the Communities of the East End of London in the "East Storytelling Project"

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Sharing Sessions with the Oxford Community as the culmination of a 3 Year project bridging The Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre and the people of Oxford

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'Tiger Tales' - Korean Stories at The British Museum 
7th November 2009
Korean Gallery at 12.00; 1.00; 2.00; and 3.00pm.
(organised by The Korean Cultural Centre, UK) 
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The Quest for Vision - Storytelling as a Healing Art -Sat 26thSept 2009 Telling about 'Healing words - 2009'
A Day Conference that brings together storytellers and psychotherapists to explore where the edges of their work meet  9:30 am – 5:00 pm
THE NAVE, 1 St Paul’s Road, London, N1 2QN
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Miraj - The Night Journey and Ascension
13th - 19th August 2009 Telford (Ulfah Arts)
Al-Isra w'al Mi'raj the great mystical journey of Muhammed, in preparation for Ramadan
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The Annapurna Himalaya by Maidstone Schoolchildren for Nepalese Celebration Day
Nepalese Celebration Day - Maidstone Library
17th October 2009 from 2.30 pm
Storytelling with the local Nepalese community and Ghurkha families, together with a launch of an exhibition of work on Nepalese life. (For children, parents & carers) 
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Storytelling at 'Library in the Park' Maidstone Library, Kent4th August 2009 Storytelling in Maidstone Park with a storywalk through this historic environment  
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Healing Words - Palestine/IsraeTour - May 2009
שלום- Peace - السلام
Storytelling & workshop Tour throughout the Holy 
Land and Gate to Humanity Peace Festival, Galilee, 
Israel

Healing Words Fund raising for Palestine/Israe
 שלום- Peace - السلام - Stories for Peace
An evening of stories and music with a programme of internationally renowned story tellers incl. Roi Gal-Or,
Muna Shaheen, June Peters, Sharon Jacksties- music
from 'Hawa u'al Sababah' - hosted by Sef Townsend & Lalage Harries .Friday 24 April 7.30pm                          
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British Library  ‘Taking Liberties’

Family Storytelling  16th-20th Feb 2009
10.30 - 11.30 and 2.30 - 3.30
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 National Storytelling Week - Richmond Libraries 31. Jan-7. Feb 2009 "From the Land of the Morning Calm - Stories from Korea"                
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Clapham & Stockwell Faith Forum  - Dec 2008
Seasonal Celebration Stories
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Narratives of Hope - Nov 2008: The power of    narrative and story in peace-building, St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace & Recociliation                      
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 The Web Festival 2008 : A World in Stories Cross Cultural Storytelling Project  (East Staffs)                 
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 Leicester Libraries Storytelling Project
Storytelling with Unaccompanied Minors 2007-08
 
                                         
 'A Tale of the Middle Sea   قصة من البحر الأبيض المتوسط   -  
סיפור מהים התיכון -  Un Kuento de la Mar del Çentro'
 (Image: Karin Ferry)
 
 
 

 
'A Tale of the Middle Sea - قصة من البحر الأبيض المتوسط   -   סיפור מהים התיכון
Un Kuento de la Mar del Çentro' with Sef Townsend & Raphael Rodan

 
 De Vertelschuur, Bloemendaal, Nederland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
قصة من البحر الأبيض المتوسط - סיפור מהים התיכון
'A Tale of the Middle Sea - Un Kuentode la Mar del Çentro'
 
 
Scary
Gruesome
Elegant
Quirky
Opulent
Horror
 
 
...supreme detail in his every expression and movement...
...his ghoulish tale
left me open-mouthed and my skin frosty...
(The Arbuturian)
 
 
40 WiNKS, 109 Mile End Rd,London E1
 

 
 
Korean Stories for the Thames festival 2010
 
   Faith in Camden and
   World Day of Prayer, November
     
 
 
       Communities Together
       Inspirational Stories
       for
       Interfaith Week
      Camden Central Mosque 
Performing with Raphael Rodan  (Image Pennie Hedge)


























At the Stafford Knot Storytelling Club


























Yang Myung-Hee . . . taught me Korean vocal technique


















School Notice Board, Suzhou, China


















The Pongo's Dream with Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade

'Already this year the East End Storytelling Project, East' is well under way working with all the  communities of the East End to share stories of our various journeys to what has now become Home.
working with asylum detainees and with settled refugees in and around Oxford.

Tour of ISRAEL 
and PALESTINE  
Working with Peace builders
(Including Parents Circle-Family Forum members, The Abraham Path and The Ramallah Museum, and a wonderful visit to the Samaritan Community on Mount Gerezim, Nablus)
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Jewish-Muslim perspectives with Jumana Moon
Corrymeela Centre for Peace & Reconciliation
Co. Antrim,Northern Ireland

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Oldham Library & Lifelong Learning Centre. www.oldham.gov.uk
                


           
National Paralympic Day, 
Sat 30th August




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10th November 2014

In the autumn term of 2012, Year 5 pupils took part in a Linking Programme
Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road,
London NW11 7SX
Tel: 020 8457 5000
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All day storytelling, for schools, families, and adults with theaim of bringing the Korean and non Korean communities together in this unique corner of The Borough of Kingston.


INSIDE OUT-OUTSIDE IN - with Asylum Detainees
collaborating with Storyteller Gauri Raje in a participatory storytelling project that aims to reach immigration detainees based in Campsfield  Immigration Removal Centre and diverse community groups in Oxford. Building a bridge between the groups through creative channels. We are providing a 3 year structured storytelling project which you can share in...
 A Bird Escaping its Cage                     
(image drawn by an Asylum detainee)






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Work created at storytelling project at Great Ormand Street Hospital for Sick Children
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Corrymeela  Conference
The conference examines the teachings of contempt in each of the three Abrahamic religions, and by doing so, learn how we can combat these. 

 working with The Irish Traveller Community in London

2012
National Storytelling Week
with young women from the ages of 16+  with leadership potential from differing cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. . .


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"Leadership for Peace" (towards peace education in schools) Warrington 
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Siach - שיח 
Workshop exploring how we can learn from each other’s experiences and how hearing others stories can help us to develop a greater understanding of conflict.  
Galilee, Israel
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British Library
"Visit the amazing and intimate storytelling tent in the Poets' Circle for tales from around the world to astonish and delight you. Come inside, get comfy and be transported to the magically world of stories. . ."    Price: Free

Essex Church, Palace Gdns Terrace,W8)
19th - 23rd,September, 2012

Paddington Green Primary School, London W2
40 WiNKS,
Radicalisation and (the voice of) victims of Terrorism
The Hague, The Netherlands
Hosts:NAVTNetwork of Associations of Victims of Terrorism
Link up project for faith schools
                      
                             
              





2011
& Disabilty with all classes from Year 1 to Year 6
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the Middle Sea, with help from Italo Calvino.
                                     ...   
and
Jerusalem
21st June  at 8.15  
events from Korea,
Family Storytelling and related craft workshops Sat 10th,Sun 11th Sept from 12.00 to 5.00pm 
Katwoude, Bergen (NH), 
Storytelling activities in Jewish, Sikh, Catholic
2010 Events 
young Inner London Secondary Pupils
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Glencree/Kippure, County Wicklow, Ireland. 
Tortworth Court Hotel, near Bristol, 16 to 18 April 2010. 
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In order to talk to each otherIsraeli and Palestinian Combatants For Peace
May 28th-30th 'Continuing the Journey'
Storytelling workshop with refugees on notions of what 
Un Kuento de la Mar del Çentro'
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Surrey KT17 2AS - contact Richard 07766 475750 
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'A Tale of the Middle Sea -
including:
                                        
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Traditional Performing Arts in Seoul)
October: 
17 October at 3pm.     
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November:
World Day of Prayer at St. Pancras Old Church,
Hanukkah Stories for the whole family